Core Programs

  • Leadership Development

    CEPAD works with leaders at all levels in rural communities-community leaders, children and youth, women, and pastors-to help strengthen the leadership capabilities with the goal of bringing additional resources to respond to the needs of the citizens in each village.

  • Women’s Economic Development

    This program focuses on women and youth in our partner communities to generate skills and abilities that encourage participation in the community through community banking, work training centers, and the patio project, which allows women to raise and sell pigs and chickens.

  • Food Security and Care for the Environment

    CEPAD works with small farmers to increase food production, improve economies, and protect natural resources through sustainable agriculture practices. We promote organic techniques and train farmers to make their own fertilizer, diversify crops, avoid chemical pesticides, and use water efficiently.

Self-Sustaining Programs

  • Primary and Secondary Education

    CEPAD runs a self-sustaining primary and secondary school in Leon, Nicaragua, The Marcos Mendieta School. This school provides both regular and weekend classes for students to help them excel and graduate in a country where only a very small percentage of students ever reach the sixth grade. The school has about 200 graduates each year.

  • Radio CEPAD

    Radio CEPAD offers a daily broadcast of news, sports, interviews, biblical study and reflection that reaches almost the entire Pacific region of Nicaragua. Its programming speaks in favor of the poorest and most vulnerable members of the population and emphasizes gender equality, care for the environment, human rights and community action. The station broadcasts on the AM dial from 5 am to 6 pm and online at and is self-sustaining.

  • Refugee Support

    CEPAD partners with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees to provide legal assistance and material support to vulnerable individuals and families in the process of integration. Most refugees come to Nicaragua from our neighbors Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to escape drug and gang violence. The number of refugees to Nicaragua continues to rise, and CEPAD is proud to support the U.N.’s efforts to provide families with new beginnings. This program is exclusively supported by the U.N.

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